…because up close and personal, THIS is the reality, this is the face, (one of many) of the most vulnerable of the vulnerable. Still oppose refugees right to cross borders ? If you can ,. you are cold , hard and shiny plastic ,for sure. And I hope your society, and your country never burns under your feet. What a way to come into the world, right? This infant boy and his twin brother , along with their mother braved a 3o hour, arduous journey, some of it in the pitch black of night, for a safe shore. Fifteen rubber boats (unbelievably) and one made of wood were rescued in the Mediterranean. Thousands were rescued.
Compassion is in play here, thankfully, but the naysayers, the bigots and the ill-informed cannot be far behind. The harsh truth is that the 30 hour journey, treacherous as it was, will not be the end of a life full of instability, fear, and an intense longing for a land and a home that, for all intents and purposes no longer exists. The refugee escapes one set of unbearable circumstances for another. But , at the very least, the ground is no longer burning under their feet.
The face of this tiny infant , a mere 5 days old, and others like him will haunt me.